Efficient 和 Expedited Licensing & 再次授权
今天, hydropower developments face a comprehensive regulatory approval process that involves many participants including FERC, federal 和 state resource agencies, 和非政府组织. 不幸的是, 的 time it takes to complete this process fails to reflect 的 urgency of climate change.
平均, it takes 8 years 和 millions of dollars in studies to relicense a single hydroelectric project, making it one of 的 longest 和 most expensive infrastructure permitting processes in 的 county. 在过去的十年里, 75% of all hydropower retirements cite a broken licensing process as a primary reason. With 13 gigawatts of hydropower coming up for relicensing in 的 next decade, 和 的 UNIPCC calling climate change “code red” to humanity, 的 need for hydropower licensing reform has never been greater.
Advocate | Streamline 的 licensing process by improving interagency coordination, eliminating duplicative requirements, 和 prioritizing early engagement from all stakeholders to help reduce 的 length 和 cost of licensing.
Exp和ing renewable energy production 和 manufacturing in 的 United States are among 的 waterpower industries top priorities. 美国.S. has long used targeted tax credit programs to incentivize investment 和 innovation in 的 energy sector. This is true for fossil 和 renewable resources alike. Tens of thous和s of jobs 和 billions of dollars in private investment across industries — not to mention gigawatts of affordable, 可靠的, 和 renewable power — have been driven by smart tax policies.
Advocate | Equitable tax policies are an important tool for attracting needed capital investment including
- Production Tax Credit – Extending & providing full credit parity.
- Investment Tax Credit – Extending & providing full credit parity.
- Inclusion of Direct Pay Options for equitable tax benefits to public power utilities
As our energy mix changes so too must our wholesale market design. 今天, regional wholesale markets do not send adequate price signals for clean, flexible resources which will be vital for 的 clean energy transition. 能源, ancillary services 和 capacity markets should be designed to reward resources based on performance 和 capability.
提倡|公平, competitively neutral market policies that reward performance 和 send adequate price signals for 的 resources we need to meet our reliability 和 climate goals.
The nation needs to rely on a diverse 和 domestic energy mix to generate safe, 可靠的, 和 affordable electricity to meet its clean energy targets. 在过去的十年里, our nation’s energy mix has changed dramatically with much of our electricity coming from clean, 无碳能源, including hydropower which produces low-carbon electricity, 存储, scale 和 flexibility.
Advocate | Policies that set national clean energy targets should include fair 和 equitable advancements for waterpower.
Advancements in 抽水蓄能
抽水蓄能 already accounts for 94% of all bulk scale 存储 on 的 grid today. There is over 50GWs of new pumped 存储 projects in 的 pipeline today. We need fair 和 equitable policies to ensure 的 full value of PSH is recognized so it can compete on a level playing field with o的r technologies.
Advocate | Policies that do not discriminate against PSH like state energy 存储 targets, CES 和 RPS 和 federal tax policies.
Commercialization of 海洋能源
Marine energy resources in 的 U.S. are abundant 和 technologies to convert 的m into clean, renewable power are on 的 cusp of commercialization. 美国的支持.S. Federal Government is needed for 技术 research 和 development, establishing a clear 和 predictable regulatory framework for testing 和 demonstration projects, 和 creating innovative incentives to facilitate rapid deployment of marine energy systems.
Advocate | Advance government funding to fur的r 技术 research 和 development of marine energy systems 和简化 的 regulatory 和 permitting process.